Speakers


IMG_1154Karina Bhattacharya

Karina is an expressive teenager who loves to convey her thoughts. She utilizes a vast array of mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, poetry, music, and public speaking. She has a passion for art, and some of her works have been displayed at the Maui County Fair and Malama Wao Akua art exhibit. Karina is involved in school activities including Digital Media, School Wide Announcement, Book Club, Key Club and various leadership activities. She is also a member of the Maui Flute Choir that she joined in 2013. Her favorite subjects in school are science and history, and she has also participated in Science Fair and History Day both at the state level. Karina is a dedicated learner that is always willing to implement her creative talents in new areas.


IMG_1149Cloe Cadiz

Cloe is a junior at Seabury Hall, where she started in sixth grade. She is a diligent student who is passionate about feminism and solving social inequality. She has been practicing and competing springboard diving for more than five years, currently a two-time MIL champion. Cloe is also involved in the Seabury Hall Rotary-Interact Club, in which she enjoys celebrating life with the disabled. In her free time, she enjoys water-sports, reading, art, following the news, and learning more about sociology. Her favorite idols include Malala Yousafzai, Beyonce, and her best friends. Though a bit shy, Cloe knows her speech topic of “Why We All Need Feminism” is very important and is worth talking about. Cloe hopes that her speech will illuminate issues and inspire people to change and progress.


IMG_1153Faith Owen

Faith is a junior at Kamehameha Schools Maui who has a passion for helping others. She is a student government officer and National Honor Society member, as well as a HOSA officer and member of its Biomedical Debate Team. She is also a staff writer for her school newspaper, magazine, and website. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, running, and hanging out with friends. She likes to stay positive and hopes to pursue a career in writing after college.


IMG_1150Danica Brown

Danica Brown is a human being (probably) who enjoys trying to understand life, comedy, and the people around her. If you know anything about these things (and most people do), she would appreciate your opinion on them. She spends her time making environmental films with Maui Huliau Environmental Film Club, taking improvisational comedy at MAPA, participating in her school drama program, and writing. Since her free time lines up perfectly with it’s opening hours, she spends a lot of time at King Kekaulike High School. One day, Danica hopes that she will be able to yell at and get very frustrated with the Hollywood moviemaking process as a director. You may know her for her extensive hat collection.


IMG_1156Zoe Harrelson-LouieĀ 

Zoe is a senior at Seabury Hall. She has been highly passionate and active in the arts, these activities include theater, drawing, singing, and creative writing. She’s grown up on the island of Maui for most of her life, however Zoe traveled a majority of her childhood, resulting in a strong appreciation for culture. She was brought up with an awareness of the social issues we’ve had throughout the years and intends to promote awareness for these issues starting with being a participant in TEDxYouth.


Eliza WrightEliza Wright

Eliza Wright spends her days as a sophomore at Seabury Hall and her nights as a Broadway star. Well, not really, but that’s what she likes to think she’ll do in the future (minus the school part). While she’s not performing, Eliza enjoys reading the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time and baking cakes. She’s sort of in between extracurricular activities at the moment. Although her biggest dreams are to be on Broadway and to travel the world with Michael Cera, Eliza has no idea what to do with the rest of her life. Her idols, Dame Maggie Smith and Beyonce Knowles, inspire her in everything she does, so maybe they will help her decide.


IMG_1146AJ Ramelb

AJ is a hard-working, strong minded individual who enjoys working in 3 dimensions. In August, 2014 AJ received the Daniel K Inouye Award for designing a prosthetic grip for his classmates with a severe lack of fine motor skill. He works full-time, rents his own place, and plans to attend UHMC this coming this coming fall. In his free time he enjoys gardening, 3D modeling, fire spinning, spearfishing, and cadillac’n. His talk is meant to encourage you to take the leap of faith out of the comfort zone. AJ hopes to work with 3D printers in his future, and can’t wait to have one of his own!


IMG_1147Ana Lavongtheung

Ana is an ambitious sophomore at Seabury Hall who loves to get involved. In her freshman year, she sat on the judiciary committee and is now her class’s treasurer. Ana aspires to pursue a career in either law or business where her passion lies. Along with former TEDx speaker, Thomas Hayashi, Ana has cofounded the Seabury Hall Debate Club. She loves to fill her free time with sports and is apart of the Seabury Hall Basketball team.


IMG_1155Luke Jones

Luke Jones started in the first kindergarten class of Kihei Charter School, where he is now a sophomore. He is most interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and plans to make a career out of his passion for the sciences. He is an amateur astronomer and is captivated with learning new things about our universe. Among hobbies such as video games and board games, he enjoys participating in extracurricular activities. He facilitates his school’s rocketry club and is a member of the Maui Makers. Additionally, he is an active altar server at St. Joseph Parish in Makawao, and enjoys volunteering his time there. Once he graduates and becomes the first student to go from kindergarten through senior year at Kihei Charter, he plans to attend a renowned university and work in the STEM industry either on the mainland or here in the islands.


Drew UnderwoodDrew Underwood

Drew Underwood is a passionate and creative individual. He has had a love for everything creative from a young age and has flourished in the mediums of film and literature. Drew is a Junior at Baldwin High School and is heavily invested in the BHS Digital Media club as the Director of Creative Services. He also plays the drums in Baldwin High School’s Jazz Band. Since falling in love with cinema in middle school, Drew has written two full length screenplays and numerous others for short films. Drew was born and raised on Maui in a creative atmosphere which helped him to become the artistic individual he is today. Drew hopes to attend college on the East Coast and become a film writer and director, but until then, you can find Drew at the cinema.


IMG_1148Chelsea Kau

Extreme fangirl of British television shows.
Loves film and photography.
Passion for English and History.
Is quiet when you first meet, but is a vibrant and colorful individual.
Promotes individualism and freedom of expression.
You do you, boo.
I’m a die hard fangirl at heart, and will do anything for the people who mean most to me.
Works at Sew Special, a fabric shop.
If I could, I would live in the world of Grease.